Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1977-05-07
New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
The Music Never Stopped
Samson And Delilah
Friend Of The Devil
Eyes Of The World ->
The Wheel ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around
Sony ECM 33P -> Cassette Master -> Sound Forge -> SHN (shnid=6021) supplies:
Around And Around (1:48 - 2:09)
Alternate SBD source supplies:
U.S. Blues (complete track)
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Adjusted pitch of AUD patch to match Master Reel SBD
Subject: Vrey Solid
Subject: I'll get up and fly away
The Highlight for me of the show is definitely post drums when Jerry just lonely methodically
Subject: mrs zippi
US Blues/UNited states Blues / US Blooz/ useless blues- Im not a big fan of post 74 US Blues especially post 77 when Bob was playing the slide on it. But this is a WORTHWHILE version, energetic, no slide, good Jerry vocal phrasing (of course a minor lyrical flub) and GOOD Kieth as well Jerry's guitar play. not just a fast way to exit
anyway I digress... The boston Mississippi is a Sure top 5 or even top 3 and there were a lot of GREAT ones in the spring of 77 when the guitar breaks expanded and the tune expanded from 7-8/9 minutes to 10+/11 -13+ minutes. Bottom line I agree this is A GREAT version along with Englishtown and I know there's another 1 or 2 from the spring that is up there just cant think of which particular one at this particular time. But as I stated earlier there are numerous GOOD ones from the spring thru til winterland 6/77 but Boston is clearly up there with the best of the best
Subject: Wharf Rat
Subject: Boston Garden
'70-'73 is best. 10/31/79-9/13/81 might hold my interest.
I suggest you go back to the UJB and Wheel from 5/19, Jack Straw from 5/21 and try the Estimated from 5/4.
Subject: Splitting hairs
This show is so blissful, like so many others from this month, that you just start taking it for granted, like they always played like that! Not quite...
Subject: Goodbye May 77 shows
Actually, I've got the secret to downloading all these soundboards, i've got hundreds of Charlie Miller shows on CD. The trick is having Windows Media Player #11. You also need RealPlayer to make it work, but the key is windows media player VOLUME 11! If you want more info: firstname.lastname@example.org I'm reluctant to say any more than that.
Subject: Charlie UDAh Man
Set 1 - Peggy-O takes the high honors here - has it ever been played more lovely? They *almost* struggle through a couple of the numbers, but check out the Half-Step > Big River fireworks - oh man, I really wish they had kept that initial beat the devils found early on in the BR transition!
Set 2 - Terrapin is really just a warm-up for Samson, which really does blow the doors off. After an absolutely beautiful FOTD the set is fairly standard stuff for '77, which means *awesome!* Nothing that will cause you to have to change your dancing-bear undies, but hot damn, who cares? It's May '77!
The US Blues encore, despite the obvious drop-off in quality, is worth sitting through, as the energy still permeates.
Charlie Miller has given us a major-league remaster of a classic show here; you'll notice this one tops out at 3:08 something, with the extra time for tunings. I guess you can let yourself get into the rhythm of the real show that way, yo.
Subject: we got to get ourselves back to the Garden
Subject: Hard to give less than 5 stars
A very graceful Eyes and a standout Wharf Rat make this special.
Subject: guitar issues
Subject: Travis Bean issues
I know '77 is widely regarded as one of the peak years, if not the peak year, in the Dead's career. I've never really gone for '77 shows myself - I tend to prefer the early to mid-70's and the early Brent period (especially fall '79 through spring '81). But recently I've trained my attention on May and June '77 in an effort to gain more of an appreciation. I've given pretty good listens to this show, Cornell, Buffalo, the Fox Theater and Lakeland Dick's Picks, and the Winterland box set. (Planning to check out the big fall shows soon too.)
But so far none of it's really doing that much for me. My primary grievance is with Jerry's Travis Bean. I'm not real fond of its tone - sharp, metallic, slightly abrasive. The guitar was made partly of aluminum, and it sounds like it. To my ears, it really lacks the dynamics and warmth of, say, Tiger and Rosebud. Even worse, I'm hearing it go out of tune frequently. Listen to the end of Bertha, the beginning of Cassidy and Garcia's first solo in Half-Step by way of example in this show. (Terrapin in the Fox Theater show also comes to mind.)
Anybody else hearing that?
Anyway, despite my grievances I still need to give this show five stars given its pedigree and the sound quality here.
Sorry my review goes way beyond the show itself.
Subject: Six stars?
Subject: Laugh Riot
This is a killer show, I say that a lot lately.
They should have a sixth star for the "Well Duh" 5 star shows. This show would qualify.
Let's give it a 5 star, then.
Subject: Holy Trinity is right!
Subject: Wharf Rat!
Subject: hitchhiked from bingo/dropped cid
Subject: 1977 year of greatness
Have to say has to be the BEST 1/2 step EVER
Subject: best recording of this show
PS...nice review geraldusa
Subject: An Incredible Night in Boston
Sorry Cliff, but disagree in a big way. If this show wasn't of 5 star quality then 1977 was a bust. Sure, the next two night were great but so was Boston. I'm just not sure what you are listening to but it can't be the same thing I'm hearing.
Updated in Sept-10
I dialed up The Music Never Stopped once again tonight and have to say it is the best fast-paced guitar I've have ever heard from the J-man. It tells a story about his ability and just how precise he could be. Fabulous is all I can say.
This was written many moons ago:
I can listen over and over again and honestly can't say which of these incredible nights was best. Cornell, Richmond, Buffalo......I don't care because what we have here is a series of some of the finest music ever played in front of a live audience.....and we get to hear the often subtle differences that defined the band on each of these evenings. It was nothing short of magical.
If you read the reviews some say Peggy-O, FOTD or Wheel were all time (or thereabouts) bests. Personally, I am crazy about the guitar work on Half-Step and find this version of The Music Never Stop (along with Buffalo) to be tops. Jerry was so hot burning up his guitar that night and his voice near perfection in the Spring of '77. I'd never say this night or that night was the best because so much of it is based on what you're feeling when listening at any particular moment. I will say with conviction that Boston was one the very best of all time, to my ears. It's my opinion which is no better or worse than anyone else. I just keep coming back to it over and over again.
Subject: Not the Gold Standard
Subject: how i remember these days
Subject: Devil Stars
Gotta go - might just get some sleep tonight.
Subject: Another great one
Subject: Wicked Good Show
Subject: Overshadowed by the next night's notoriety...
5/7/77 is definitely a top 5-er for the year. The Bertha version is great as well, but to me this version's sound is warmer and more well-balanced. But you can't go wrong with either one.
Thank god for the Archive. If only this were around 12 years ago, I wouldn't have had to deal with 9th generation hissy cassettes! But I guess that was part of the fun, the eternal quest to find that holy grail. This is one of 'em.
Subject: Charlie Miller is Da Man
First set is chock-full of what can be argued Jerry Bests. It also comes with a cleaned up A&A, and the sometimes missing US Blues.
My own favorite (to date) is 6/9/77. I can only hope a crisper source of that can someday become available.
Jay Ashley (Mr Bertha, or is that Mr DAW), you Da Man also.
Thanks again to all who make these great shows available!
Subject: The Music Never Stopped